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Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG)

Grant to a California Nonprofit to Recognize
the Accomplishments of an Artistic Director

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San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

Deadline Date:

04/14/21 12:00 PM PST


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Grant of up to $40,000 to a California arts nonprofit organization in eligible locations to recognize the accomplishments of an outgoing artistic director. Eligible uses of funds include smoothing the transition of organizational leadership, strategic planning, implementing retirement plans, and creating artistic documentation or publications reflecting the history of the organization. Projects must take place in San Francisco.

The Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG) acknowledges the impact of an artistic director who has served an organization consistently for 25 years or more. Through the vision of the artistic director, the applicant organization is a vital member of their respective community(ies) and has a history of working to educate the broader community on the importance of their culture and/or artistic genre.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184376

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The Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG) is a grant for up to $40,000.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place in San Francisco between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The organization and its artistic director must have a history of partnership spanning 25 years or more.
- The organization must demonstrate a continuing and stable presence in the community and must have been in existence for at least 25 years in San Francisco with documentation of creating and presenting original works to the public in San Francisco.
- The organization’s average annual operating revenue must not exceed $1.5 million.
(i) ​Nonprofit organizations must upload the most recent signed copy of their IRS 990 or 990-EZ from the last completed fiscal year.
(ii) Organizations that exceed the $1.5 million budget cap due to re-granting or capital revenues must upload Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets for the last two (2) completed fiscal years, and budget notes explaining any capital revenues or pass-through funds.
- The applicant organization or fiscal sponsor must be tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) in good standing.
- The applicant organization must be based in San Francisco and provide documentation that verifies proof of San Francisco corporate address. These documents must be dated within the 3 months prior to the application deadline: February, March or April 2021.
- The applicant organization’s mission must be explicitly focused on the development, production, presentation, and/or support of arts activities and/or youth arts activities in San Francisco.

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Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Application Due: April 14, 2021 at 12 p.m. PST. If you do not have access to the internet you may mail your application, postmarked by April 14, 2021 and you must notify Program Officer Debbie Ng
- Panel Review: May 2021
- Funding Recommendations: May 2021
- Commission Approval: July 2021
- Annual Grants Convening: TBD
- Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

The recipient of the Artistic Legacy Grant is recognized by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The awardee is required to attend any public presentation and designate a representative to work with the SFAC on the announcement or presentation. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all activities hosted by the Arts Commission will be online until further notice.

Organizations cannot submit more than one application to the Artistic Legacy Grant category in the same year. An organization may only be awarded an Artistic Legacy Grant once, and cannot reapply in subsequent years.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

If you do not have access to the internet you may mail your application to:
401 Van Ness Ave., Suite 325
San Francisco, CA 94102

For any questions about the Artistic Legacy Grant, contact Program Officer Debbie Ng at or 415-252-2216.

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